Archive for October, 2010

 

Graves Motorsports Releases All New Products for the Aprilia RSV4 Motorcycle

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Graves Motorsports Aprilia RSV4

Graves Motorsports Aprilia RSV4

Graves Motorsports is proud to release three all new products for the 2009-2010 Aprilia RSV4 Sportbike. Outfit your new RSV4 with the Graves Motorsports Aprilia RSV4 cat eliminator exhaust system, Aprilia RSV4 frame sliders and Aprilia RSV4 fender eliminator kit. These new products are unique and innovative just like our customers’ have come to expect. See all the products on the new Graves Motorsports website’s Aprilia RSV4 product page located at : http://www.gravesport.com/RSV4-2010.html

Graves Motorsports Superbike Championship Discount Sale

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Gravesport.com 20% off

Graves Motorsports 20% Super Bike Sale

Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 19, 2010) – 2010 has been an exciting year for Graves Motorsports! Carrying on our Championship traditions is our passion and drives everything we do from the production of world class parts and accessories to grassroots racing and support programs. Graves Motorsports HAS A WINNING HISTORY OF BUILDING FACTORY PARTS FOR PRIVATEERS AND RACERS WORLDWIDE.
In honor of these winning ways we now offer the 20% off SUPERBIKE20 discount special. This offer is valid until December 31, 2010 and available to retail customers only (not valid for dealers or WORKS parts / customers). When using the all new GRAVESPORT.com website, place the products in your shopping cart and at the bottom of the checkout page (before selecting your payment type) add the coupon code: superbike20 for an additional 20% saving on your order.
Pictures of the 2010 AMA and WERA Race Season can be found in the Graves Motorsports Photo Galleries: http://www.gravesport.com/gallery2/main.php
Congrats to Josh Hayes for his 2010 AMA Super Bike Championship, Team Zyvax Racing for thier 2010 WERA Heavy Weight + Medium Weight + Overall Endurance Championship and to Benny Solis, Jr. for his 600 Superstock WERA Championship + C Super Bike WERA Championship + C Superstock WERA Championship! We’d also like to thank our customers and racers at all levels for their Championships and the support of Graves Motorsports for 2010!
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It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Winning for Benny Solis, Jr.

Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Graves Motorsports Benny Solis Jr

Graves Motorsports Benny Solis Jr.

Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 15, 2010) – Young Benny Solis, Jr. puts in as much seat time as possible in an effort to gain experience and further his budding racing career, and last weekend’s WERA GNF at Road Atlanta gave Solis plenty of experience with winning.

On Saturday of the race weekend Solis competed in the Sportsman Series Final , winning the championship for the Regional run-offs in the C Superstock Expert and C Superbike classes. “It was a fun battle between Hayden (Gilim), Garrett (Gerloff) and me through most of the first race in 600 Superstock,” said Solis of Saturday’s racing, “I was trying my best to play it smart and once Garrett and I got past Hayden I put my head down and led the rest of the race. Garrett was running really strong the entire race and it was a hard last lap but it was a lot of fun!”

On Sunday Solis won the 600 Superstock Expert class, taking home the National Championship in that class. Also on Sunday Solis won the 600 Superbike Expert class which, placing him second in that Championship. “Garrett and I were both racing for the Championship in the 600 Superstock Expert,” reflected Solis, “I knew it was going to be a tough race but my Graves Yamaha R6 was running stronger than ever and my set up was perfect so I knew I had a good chance at the win.” Solis went on to thank Kyle Guglielmetti, Perry Melneciuc and Rick Boyles for their hard work and excellent set up on his motorcycle.

In addition to his sprint race duties Solis made an appearance in Friday’s Four-Hour WERA National Endurance race on the P1A / SE Composites machine along with Ed Sullivan and place second in the Mediumweight class and fourth overall.

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Graves Motorsports is a leading motorcycle sport bike parts and accessories manufacturer. Graves Motorsports produces exhaust systems, fender eliminator kits, frame sliders, velocity stacks, engine case covers, engine performance and the leading resource for Dynojet Power Commander + accessories. Graves Motorsports has two locations: Van Nuys, California and Kennesaw, Georgia. www.gravesport.com

Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 WORKS Suspension Link Released

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Yamaha R1 Suspension Link

Graves R1 Suspension Link

Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 Suspension Link for the 2009-2011 model bikes. These kits are CNC-machined from billet aluminum and each arm includes all of the required bearings and seals. These kits improve corner and drive grip promoting a more stable platform.

Graves Motorsports R1 suspension linkages are the result of continued testing and race experience on the Yamaha R1. These are an improvement for any level of rider. This linkage system can be found on many Yamaha R1 race bikes including Team Zyvax Racing Factory Graves Yamaha R1 bikes.

Team Zyvax Reflects on Their Championship Winning Weekend

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Graves Motorsports WERA GNF Road Atlanta

Team Zyvax Graves 2010 WERA GNF

Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 13, 2010) – The Road Atlanta WERA GNF Finals held October 7-10 finalized Team Zyvax Racings’ dreams of winning two class championships along with the overall endurance crown. Considering the high level of competition, winning at GNF was not an easy task. That didn’t stop the entire team of riders, crew and support staff from going into the event with high expectations for their team. When the day’s racing was said and done, Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports’ Yamaha R1 won the Endurance Class Overall Championship and the Heavy Weight Championship. Coming in a close second place was the Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports Yamaha R6, taking the win in the Medium Weight Endurance class and second place Overall.

Despite an off track excursion resulting in an unplanned pit stop, the team’s R6 came in first place in class and third overall in the race. The Graves Motorsports built R6 ran such an impressive season that it came down to the final race to decide the overall championship against the larger capacity R1. The R6’s sharp edge handling along with perfectly choreographed pit stops allowed it to stay within one lap of the second place liter bike despite the tire setback. “Like true professionals we performed exceptionally,” commented team owner JB Layman, “I think the R6 would have been in second place overall if not for that bent wheel.” Team Zyvax riders Clinton Seller and guest rider Tommy Aquino each put in incredible rides and overcame the entire field save their Zyvax teammates on the R1 and an outside 1000c effort. Aquino reveled in the endurance opportunity and again proved his talent during the race. “I had a great time on the Zyvax endurance bike,” said Aquino, “The 1000s were too quick to stay with at Road Atlanta but I did my best to keep us in the hunt. I’d like to thank JB Layman and Chuck Graves for the opportunity!”

Despite the Yamaha R6’s speed and agility, Road Atlanta’s straights and fast, flowing corners allowed the Yamaha R1 to really stretch its powerful legs. Friday’s four hour endurance race saw the Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 being piloted by a trio of proven riders. Jason Disalvo started the race and set the stage for the day, positioning the Zyvax heavyweight machine to lead from start to finish. Team rider Chris Clark along with guest rider Josh Herrin from Team Graves Yamaha put in notable rides on the R1 to seal the deal the overall and class win for the day and the year. Though Herrin lacked R1 seat time unlike Disalvo and Clark, he quickly acclimated himself to the big bike and got to work putting in fast laps. “I had fun and was really comfortable after seat time,” said Herrin of the opportunity, “I’d like to thank JB Layman and the entire Zyvax team, Chuck Graves and Keith McCarty.”

Chuck Graves couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “I’m extremely happy for Team Zyvax and all the crew and riders that worked so hard all year in the pursuit of delivering the Middleweight, Heavyweight and the Overall championships aboard the Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R1 and R6; this is a great accomplishment,” said Graves, “I’d like to thank all the WERA officials and competitors that participated in the series and made the championships possible.”

Josh Herrin Signs with Yamaha and Graves Motorsports through 2012 Season

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Josh Herrin Team Graves Yamaha

Josh Herrin Team Graves Yamaha

Cypress California, October 5, 2010…Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Graves Motorsports are pleased to announce that Josh Herrin has signed an agreement which will keep him with the team for the 2011 and 2012 racing seasons.

The 20 year old Herrin has just completed his fourth season on the Graves Motorsports prepared R6 and finished a very close third in the final AMA Daytona Sportbike Class Series Championship. Starting off the season with his win in The Daytona 200, arguably the most prestigious on the Tour, Josh went on to score five victories in the 2010 season. With his wins at Fontana, Road America, Mid Ohio and Virginia International Raceway, Josh and his R6 battled for the Championship all season long in one of the most hotly contested title fights in recent years,

“Josh is a tremendous talent and during his four years with us his results have just continued to get better and better,” said Keith McCarty “It’s unfortunate that he just missed the Championship this year but that extra experience will only work in his favor and we’re delighted to have him back on the Team.”

“I am very excited to have signed another 2 years with Yamaha and Graves Motorsports” said Josh. “It’s my goal to win the Daytona Sportbike Championship and after coming so close two years in a row I am more determined than ever. I would like to thank Keith McCarty and everyone at Yamaha as well as Chuck Graves for believing in me and giving me another shot at the title. My Yamaha R6 is a proven winner and I know it will help me tremendously in my fight. I am looking forward to returning to Daytona next spring to defend my win there and begin the 2011 season.”

All Roads Lead to Road Atlanta for Team Zyvax

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Graves Motorsports WERA Racing

Graves Motorsports Zyvax Racing

Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 4, 2010) – As Team Zyvax looks forward to two locked-in championships in the WERA National Endurance Series and hopes of nailing the Overall championship at WERA’s Grand National Finals at Road Atlanta, they take a minute to look back at their winning season. “This has been a season of growth and learning for us,” said Zyvax team owner JB Layman, “It has been the realization of a dream that started in 2008.” Layman had quite a job on his hands, learning to manage and coordinate twenty people instead of just eight. Layman also quickly learned how to campaign two team bikes, instead of just one. One of the team’s greatest successes throughout the season was the evolution of their pit stops.

“The pit stop is actually a choreographed dance; a ballet of operations that take place in a designated sequence,” said Layman, “It’s optimally designed to ensure that every second the bike is in the pits at least four mechanical operations are taking place simultaneously.” Once the team got the foundation in place they went to work fine-tuning each person’s position and movements to ensure each operation could be completed in the shortest possible amount of time. If time was used to move or change a tool then that’s more time the bike had to stay in the pits. “We had to make sure each crew member was doing the operations that they were most efficient at. The entire synchronized process is incredibly intricate,” continued Layman, “Creating the most efficient system has been an on-going process as the season progressed – It’s one of the things I’m most impressed with,” said the proud team owner.

Pulling together a group of crew members to function as one unit has also been a growing process for the team. Races can be won or lost in the pits and Team Zyvax hasn’t lost many races. “The people that make up Team Zyvax are professionals,” said Layman of his team, “They are very good at working on motorcycles and the needs that road racing requires of them.” It wasn’t an easy climb to the top but the team did it together. “Our biggest challenge came from running a two bike team that competes against each other,” said Dustin Meador, the team’s head R1 mechanic, “I’ve won championships with Dane (Westby) in the past as a rider in WERA endurance and I’ve really enjoyed working with this team.” “Basically it’s the people behind the scenes that make a championship happen,” said team manager Jerry Daggett, “Championships are hard to come by and they don’t come by themselves.”

Layman and his entire crew have high expectations going into WERA’s final race of the 2010 season. “As we sit here coming up on the last race of the year we find ourselves in a better position than last year,” reflects Layman, “We have not only locked up two class championships before the final race, but we also control the top two overall positions. My dream has come true and Team Zyvax will have the #1 plate for the 2011 season.” Hopes are also high for the future of Team Zyvax. “This season sets the baseline for achievement as we go into the future. I would like one day to compete in the World Endurance,” said a determined Layman, “To put Team Zyvax on the world stage would be the ultimate test of our capability.”

Such big hopes fit well into a big racing weekend! WERA’s GNF at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA takes place October 7th – 10th and promises to be full of entertainment and fan activities. Come out and watch Team Zyvax in action, get a free t-shirt from the Team Zyvax girls and stop by the Project 1 Atlanta (AMA Pro Roadracing team) truck. While you’re at it stop by Yamaha’s NESBA demo display and take a ride on one of Yamaha’s demo motorcycles! Graves Motorsports will be on hand giving out discount flyers and signing up racers for Graves’ exclusive WORKS programs. In addition to racing the weekend boasts $5 two-lap rides (proceeds to benefit the Red Flag Fund for Injured Riders), Josh Borne’s stunt show, a fan zone behind the Pro Paddock and daily autograph sessions. It’s going to be a fantastic event! For more info go to: www.wera.com.

Event Flyer (includes discount entry coupon): www.gravesport.com/images/WERA-GNF-GRAVES.jpg

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Team Zyvax is sponsored by Zyvax, Inc, Graves Motorsports and Dunlop. www.teamzyvax.com

Graves Motorsports is a leading motorcycle sport bike parts and accessories manufacturer. Graves Motorsports produces exhaust systems, fender eliminator kits, frame sliders, velocity stacks, engine case covers, engine performance and the leading resource for Dynojet Power Commander + accessories. Graves Motorsports has two locations: Van Nuys, California and Kennesaw, Georgia. www.gravesport.com

Visit the all new Graves Motorsports website and use coupon code “graves20″ for a 20% discount on purchases for a limited time. - www.gravesport.com